Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:19 am by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
An upcoming audition of first editions of Brontë books will take place in London. Barron's informs:
A rare copy of the first American edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, priced at 75 cents when it was published by Harper and Brothers in New York in April 1848, is now selling for US$11,300 (£8,500) by Peter Harrington, a London-based rare bookseller
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Brontë’s birth on July 30, the bookseller is also offering a collection of poems published by the legendary Brontë sisters (Emily, Charlotte, and Anne), for US$44,000 (£35,000). (...)
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell , a collection of poems by the three sisters using their pseudonyms was published in 1846.
Out of the 1,000 original copies, just 39 were sold. The unsold stock of 961 copies was purchased by Smith, Elder & Co. following the success of Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre in 1847. The publisher re-issued the collection with a different title page.
The copy offered for sale was one of the 39 copies with the first title page. The slim volume has 19 poems by Charlotte ("Currer"), and 21 each by Emily ("Ellis") and Anne ("Acton"). (Fang Block)
Broadway World announces the upcoming performances in Houston of Jen Silverman's The Moors:
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company (MU) is kicking off the 2018-19 season with Jen Silverman's critically acclaimed black comedy, The Moors, playing August 30-September 15 at Chelsea Market Theater. Based on the lives of the famous Brontë sisters, this delightfully dark play satirizes stiff Victorian mores and the romantic escapism they induce.
Leight Times has a somehow pointless ironic comment on the involvement of Kate Bush's in the Brontë Stones project:
Thirty-five years ago, Kate had a moderate hit with a ditty entitled ‘Kathy Come Home!’ I can’t say I cared much for it myself – too shrieky! But, with its literary-style lyrics, it seemed to establish her a bit in the vein of a minor elder sister of ‘thinking’ songsmiths.
This record has been getting its second breath recently on the airwaves and in ‘disco’ folklore. Flushed with her rediscovered popularity and status, she’s decided openly to acknowledge that her masterpiece owed its genesis and her own subsequent glory to Emily Brontë’s Nineteenth Century novel, ‘Wuthering Heights’, with its theme of condemned love between the wild young gypsy lad Heathcliff and his beautiful but blinkered richer companion, Kathy.
What Ms Bush is now intending to do in gratitude is plant a little stone memorial somewhere on the Moors, where the classic romance unfolded, as a permanent attempt to put Emily on the map, where she feels she deserves to be.
As a further gesture of philanthropy and feminine solidarity, our modern-minded lady Poet Laureate, along with some female Scottish politician or other, are going to do the same thing to commemorate Emily’s sisters, Charlotte and Anne, for making a decent fist of writing a fair old tale or two themselves with ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’. (Gerry Harnden)
The London Review of Books reviews Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling
Proust took the alternative of a first-person narrative, nearly as canonical since the time of Constant or Charlotte Brontë, to lengths never attempted before, if also without overmuch coherence: the narrator not only reports Swann in the third person, but assumes on occasion an impossible omniscience in the first person. (Perry Anderson)
Elite Daily mentions the Jane Eyre's echoes of the latest episodes of The Handmaid's Tale:
Miller hinted having a mad wife in the attic, Jane Eyre-style, was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to Joseph Lawrence's story. (Ani Mundel)
Radio Montecarlo (Italy) and summer reads:
Cime Tempestose by Emily Brontë
L’opera unica della Bronte è ormai un grandissimo classico della letteratura inglese. Narra di una tormentata storia d’amore che deve fare i conti con la gelosia e la vendetta. (Translation)
On RNE (Spain), Ángeles Caso (author of Todo ese fuego) discusses Emily Brontë in the programme Gente Despierta. Ziarul de Iaşi (Romania) reminds us how Charlotte Brontë was accused of 'immorality' in some reviews of Jane Eyre. More Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever events: in Somerworth,

The Regal Critiques reviews My Plain Jane. Nut Free Nerd posts both on Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Les lectures de la Diablotine has read Emily Brontë, une vie by Denise Le Dantec. Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) continues showing her personal Jane Eyre collection.


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